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Sister Events

The Earth Optimism Summit is part of a growing, global movement. National and international teams of people are developing programs for sister events in London, Texas and Hong Kong with more to follow. Sister events will be interconnected digitally and programs from around the world will be featured on the Earth Optimism website.

You too can host a sister event. It can be as simple as a public lecture on progress being made to reduce threats to the planet, or a wide-ranging suite of activities designed for a diverse set of audiences.

To host a Sister Event, please check out our Planning Guide.

Optimismo en Venezuela: Casos de protección ambiental

Caracas, Venezuela

March 29, 2017, 10AM - 12PM

Next March 29 in the Auditorium Dr. Tobias Lasser of the Faculty of Sciences of the Central University of Venezuela, we will hold a forum on successful cases of conservation in Venezuela. This forum seeks to publicize different cases of success in conservation covering different areas such as urbanism, education, renewable energy, biology, among others. Promoting this way, different actions that have been carried out in our country in search of environmental conservation. Raising the good news, that it is possible to work in environment and implying that conservation is not only have a place for biologists, but a multidisciplinary contribution is needed. For more information, please email apizzi@provitaonline.org

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Nerd Nite DC

Washington, DC

April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM

Nerd Nite DC celebrates all things nerdy with fun, informative Powerpoint lectures delivered at DC9, a local bar and nightclub! Our early evening show will feature three speakers who will highlight the bright sides of conservation, sustainability and clean energy. Contact Aaron Huertas for more info at: aaronhuertas@gmail.com

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Nerd Nite Miami

April 13, 2017, 7 PM, Gramps Bar, 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Nerd Nite Miami is a fun yet informative evening of talks showcasing some local conservation efforts that are making a huge impact, all while the audience drinks along at a bar with other nerds! Be there and be square. For more information, please email miami@nerdnite.com

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Conservation Optimism

London, UK

April 20-22, 2017

On Earth Day, we will welcome everyone to our public event at the Zoological Society of London, during which we will showcase positive actions that are making a difference in people’s relationships to nature. We highlight particularly local grassroots or community-based actions in London, and youth-focused conservation activities. A series of short talks, films, panel sessions and debates will go on throughout the day in the lecture theatre, meanwhile stalls and exhibits which showcase local action, conservation organizations’ positive approaches to nature, meet an optimistic conservationist, and more will be on display for visitors to pursue at their own speed.

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U.S. Botanic Garden Earth Day Festival

Washington, DC

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10 AM - 2 PM, National Garden

Join us as the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates Earth Day! Come enjoy engaging hands-on activities and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth.

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Connect to the Earth!

New Haven, CT

Friday, April 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Join us for Earth Day and unearth the wonders of nature. Experience specimens from our collections that are rarely on display, and discover the beetles, birds, and botanical bounty that share our planet home. We¹ll have fun and engaging activities for the whole family. For more information, please email peabody.events@yale.edu

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Earth Optimism - Hong Kong

Hong Kong

April 22, 2017, Time TBD, The University of Hong Kong

According to WWF, humanity would need nearly 4 Earths to persist if everyone lived like we do in Hong Kong. Here, more than a century of development has produced a vibrant economy and educated populace; but with a steep ecological cost. Join us on April 22nd to learn why there is cause for hope in one of the most rapidly developing places on Earth. For more information, please email dmbaker@hku.hk

Earth Optimism Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

April 22, 2017

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative of the UK is partnering with the Smithsonian in hosting an Earth Optimism event at the David Attenborough building. The speakers programme will feature inspiring talks by noted figures such as Jane Goodall, who will open the event with her message of hope, and Steven Pinker, who will close the event by explaining how societies have and can continue to change for the better. There will be a Solutions Fair, with activities for people of all ages, showing practical things that everyone can do to make a positive difference.

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Earth Day Texas

Dallas, Texas

April 21-23, 2017

Earth Day Texas has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, products, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world. Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts. Attendees will also enjoy numerous outdoor experiences, including live music, sustainable beer and food pavilions, electric bike test tracks, and family activities.

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Earth Optimism at the Biomuseo

Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama

April 22 and 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This year's Earth Day celebration is dedicated to Earth Optimism. We are collaborating with the Smithsonian's Punta Culebra Nature Center for a weekend full of fun activities for the whole family, including workshops, lectures and a science fair with the local scientific community. Our weekly Experto Visitante (Visiting Expert) lectures will feature three local NGO's talking about their efforts to have new protected areas declared in Panama. For more information, please email mrobles@biomuseopanama.org

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Earth Optimism at Biocultura Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sunday, April 23, 2017, Time TBD

Earth Optimism is the first event launching 'Biocultura’, a new project space in Santa Fe focusing on bio art and design creation and education. The weeks around Earth Day will feature the work of several artists, students and scientists responding to local environmental challenges and opportunities, including a physicist from CERN and a Lakota artist and native cosmology expert, and a muralist based on Navajo Nation. Event partners include the CCLI Climate Change Leadership Institute in Santa Fe, the Art & Ecology academic program, The Social Media Workgroup including the STEAM New Mexico initiative at the University of New Mexico.

Earth Day in Colorado: What Can I Do?

Denver, CO

Monday, April 24, 2017, 1-2 PM MST, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Join award-winning artist and musician Laurie Dameron for a multimedia presentation of simple ideas for bettering the world while working within the possibilities available to us today. Winner of numerous awards for her artistic work on behalf of the world, Dameron's words will inspire you to find what changes are within your reach, allowing you to make a difference by taking simple actions. A unique lecture that includes live music, this program will illustrate how we can bring about a new springtime together. To learn more please email michael.vincent@state.co.us

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Conservation Celebration featuring the 22nd Annual Parker/Gentry Award

Chicago, IL

Monday, April 24, 2017, 6 PM CST, The Field Museum

CELEBRATING CONSERVATION: The Conservation Celebration recognizes and celebrates the conservation efforts of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum and its exceptional partners. HONORING DR. DAVID VAUGHN: The Field Museum is honored to present the 2017 Parker/Gentry Award to marine science researcher David E. Vaughan, PhD. Dr. Vaughan is the Executive Director of the Mote Tropical Research Lab in the Florida Keys, leading Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program to re-establish the underwater forest. His unique approach to re-growing coral reefs makes an enormous difference in the protection of this unique natural treasure. REMEMBERING TED PARKER AND AL GENTRY: The Parker/Gentry Award was created in 1996 in memory of Theodore A. Parker III and Alwyn Gentry, ardent conservationists and leading naturalist who died while surveying hill forests of western Ecuador. The annual award is presented to an outstanding individual, team, or organization in conservation biology. For more information, please email ewoodward@fieldmuseum.org

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Nerd Nite Rhode Island

Rhode Island

April 26, 2017, Time TBD

We are the Nerd Nite chapter based in Rhode Island. Join us for 3 short talks on matters of importance for our Earth. Casual atmosphere, great food and beer, and a chance to talk to experts in Earth Science! For more information, please contact nerdniteri@gmail.com

Planetary Health/GeoHealth Annual Meeting

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

April 28-30, 2017, Evening April 28, all day April 29, half day April 30

The goal of the inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting is to bring together a diverse group of students, investigators, instructors, policy makers, and other interested individuals who are committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change. Our objective is to showcase the extraordinary momentum that is taking place around the world in the field of planetary health while highlighting institutional developments, emerging investigators, research developments, and applications to policy-making and natural resource management. Our expectation is that a diverse group will take from this meeting a sense of excitement about the quality and importance of work being done in planetary health, a new cohesiveness as a community dedicated to furthering these issues in collaboration with each other, and a commitment to continuing to grow this rapidly emerging field together. The Planetary Health Alliance along with the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, and The Lancet are organizing the Inaugural Annual Meeting on Planetary Health and GeoHealth on April 29-30, 2017 in Boston, MA. The meeting is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Planetary Health Alliance. For more information, please email amalia_almada@g.harvard.edu

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Teens Dream Global Video Contest


October 2017 Launch Date, Time TBD

Teens Dream is a global video competition for teens to express their dreams in a short youtube video as they relate to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals! For more information, please email info@teensdream.net

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